Hyderabad. October 19, 2015 : A multi institutional initiative for the cleaning up and conservation of the Fox Sagar Lake in north of Hyderabad has begun on Sunday. Prior to the launching of the ambitious work a meeting of officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, the Ranga Reddy district Collectorate, the Telangana state Department of Industries, the Telangana State Pollution Control Board and representatives of the Jeedimetla Industrial Area, the fishermen who earn a livelihood from the lake, held with Mrs. Tejdeep Kaur Menon, DG, TSSPF in the city on Saturday.

Dumping of wastes from the nearby industrial estates, sewage from the residential areas in the vicinity of the lake in Qutballapur Mandal, digging of borewells to tap water around the lake, the wastes from the ‘shaadi khanas’ in the contiguous areas and the burning of plastic and garbage are among the identified threats to the 482 acre lake.

The meeting noted while there has not been any large scale encroachment of the lake area and its environs, the damage is being caused by the incessant use of the lake and its neighbourhood as dumping grounds for waste. It discussed measures to tide over the problems posed by the different threats and what corrective action can be initiated to restore the lake.